All reproductions of the signature of the NIH Director require
written approval and must be authorized through the NIH Executive
IC staff or OD staff whose signatures will also appear on
a certificate should sign before the certificate is sent
to ES for the Director's signature.
Because the signature of the NIH Director is usually reproduced
on certificates using the computerized signature pen in ES,
certificates should be no larger than 11" x 17".
Signatures can be made on both "portrait" and "landscape" oriented
certificates. Do not mount or frame a certificate before
sending it to ES for the Director's signature. ES will not
assume responsibility for removing borders and frames; mounted
or framed certificates will be returned to the originating
All signature and date lines on the certificate must be
clearly identified. For example: